Venue: Presentation Suite, Ground Floor, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members are asked to declare any interests they may have in the business to be discussed.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 15th May 2019 are attached and the Panel is asked to confirm them as a correct record.
The Panel agreed the notes.
The Director of Planning, Development and Transportation submits a report on planning applications received for consideration by the Panel.
A) LAND AT JUNCTION OF VAUGHAN WAY AND ST. MARGARETS WAY
Planning Application 20181010
OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A 11 AND 15 STOREY BUILDING PROVIDING 151 FLATS (61 X 1 BED, 80 X 2 BED, 10 X 3 BED) (AS A PRIVATE RENTED SCHEME); ANCILLARY AMENITIES, PARKING, PLANT AND SERVICING. (LANDSCAPING RESERVED)
The panel commented on the monolithic presence and excessive proportions of the development as currently proposed. They criticized its massing and design, and regarded the proposed scheme as failing to provide an adequate design response for the locality. The external aesthetic was considered as inadequate, a quality exacerbated by the oppressive scale of the development. It was regarded as harmful to the setting of the adjacent Grade II Listed Richards Roberts Factory and the Grade I Listed St Margaret’s Church, as well as the Churchgate Conservation Area, and of detrimental impact on the views from a variety of key localities and designated areas.
In all, it was concluded that the development as currently proposed is excessive in scale and of unsympathetic design to its context, of high potential to harm the setting and character of multiple designated assets.
B) 16 THURMASTON LANE
Planning Application 20190692
CONSTRUCTION OF TWO STOREY EXTENSION WITH SINGLE STOREY LINK TO LISTED BUILDING (CLASS D1)
The Panel’s discussion began with unanimous criticism in regards to the spatial and visual relationship of the extension to the Grade II Listed asset on site. Although the contemporary design was endorsed, the overwhelming solid to void ratio associated with substantial areas of timber cladding were evaluated unfavourably. A lighter aesthetic of the two-storey extension was recommended, as was an improved spatial relationship with the host building. The members also commented on the poor execution of the drawings submitted, impeding the legibility of the proposal. Due to the above, an amended set of more detailed drawings with 3D visualizations were requested.
Although the principle of a two-storey extension of comparable scale was not objected to, it was concluded that the current design was not acceptable and needed a much stronger architectural response. The proposal should be subject to significant amendments, to ensure a more successful contextual response.
C) CORNER OF CHURCH GATE & ST PETERS LANE
Planning Application 20190163
CONSTRUCTION OF THREE/FOUR STOREY BUILDING; 2 X RETAIL/CAFE SHOPS ON THE GROUND FLOOR (CLASS A1); 9 FLATS (6 X 1 BEDROOM) AND (3 X 2 BEDROOM) (CLASS C3)
The initial comments from the Panel members highlighted the limited improvement of the proposal in comparison to the original scheme. The new design was criticized due to its proportions, mismatching massing and the awkwardness of roofscape elements. The new lowered access along St Peter’s Lane was considered as detrimental to the character of the Church Gate Conservation Area and inappropriate for the locality. Additional visual representations of the development were considered as necessary to appropriately access the actual impact of the development on the designated locality and adjacent heritage assets.
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